Australians have traditionally viewed themselves as self-sufficient, and the notion that we are somehow in control of our own lives has been part of our culture.
However, according to new research, this view has changed in recent years.
The Australian Financial Press (AFP) has conducted a survey of the nation’s media outlets and found that self-reflection has increased among a significant number of Australians, who are now significantly more likely to self report that they self-reflectively assess their lives in terms of their own wellbeing and the lives of others.
In the survey, 72 per cent of Australians said they self self-report to self as self, compared to 60 per cent in 2009.
The proportion of respondents who said they had self-reported self-awareness was higher at 80 per cent, but it remained lower than in previous years.
“People are increasingly seeing themselves as more connected to the broader community,” Dr Michelle Anderson, lead author of the AFP study and senior lecturer at Monash University’s School of Journalism and Communication, said in a press release.
The AFP surveyed more than 400 journalists across Australia, including national, regional and local news outlets, as well as a broad range of websites. “
That is where self-conscious self-revelation and self-assessment can be really helpful.”
The AFP surveyed more than 400 journalists across Australia, including national, regional and local news outlets, as well as a broad range of websites.
The journalists also asked participants to report on the number of times they self‑reported in their daily life, and how they have changed over time in terms the degree to which they self‐reflectively self‐rewarded, and self‐reflected.
“The majority of the people who said self-reporting was an important part of their life felt it was a part of the process of living a better, more fulfilling life,” Dr Anderson said.
“When people self-regulate, they have to make sure they’re taking steps to make themselves feel better and to do more in the short term.”
The findings suggest that there is an increasing recognition of the importance of self-acceptance in Australian culture.
“I think this is part of what people want to say about themselves, and they have been self-recognising in some way for a long time,” Dr Siegel said.
Ms Anderson said that the survey was a “very good first step” to understanding how self-self-relection affects people’s self-esteem and self‑representation in society.
“What we’re finding is that a lot of people feel a lot less confident when they’re talking about their lives,” she said.